With the weather being so horrible yesterday, and not much better today, we haven’t exactly been donning the coats and hats to go out for a walk. We have both commented that if Maggie was still with us, we would have done just that as she had her routine and time frame, which we were ‘encouraged’ by nudges and pacings to and from the door to follow.
With this recent spell of very cold weather, even with her little jacket on, she would have been chilled to the bone which would not have done her arthritis any good whatsoever.
Today as we took the inner wrapper off the gammon joint we’d cooked in the pressure cooker, we said in unison that the bits that had stuck would have been perfect for her.
So many little things, like crumbs of bacon, small bits of cheese, a forkful of minced beef, a biscuit or a piece of sausage, no longer finding their way to a sniffing nose and soft mouth. Saying that though, as her eyesight was failing, she couldn’t judge distance very well so you had to be quick sometimes to get your fingers out of the way. I found it best to put my hand in line with her jaw and it seemed to work.
This was her attacking a trifle dish. Unlike Barney, she never mastered putting her foot in it to keep it still and chased it round her bed and the table.
We did go for a walk a couple of hours ago as the rain had stopped, but it was bitterly cold, and the wind cut through our coats like a knife. We kept to the estate, walking a little further by including two more streets and were able to enjoy a lot of external Christmas lights. It’s like our own grotto as they are so varied and quite lovely.
We met up with two dog walkers, saw another in the distance to wave to, and were out for over half an hour. It was enough for us to have freezing hands despite gloves, numb ears despite hats and runny noses by the time we got back.
The house was warm and welcoming though, and as always, the kettle was immediately put on for tea.
We have had over 50 cards this year, and not one duplication. Some have given me ideas for my efforts for next year, so it will be interesting to see if they work!
Many years ago cards received would be cut up and used as gift tags the following year. When I started card making, I used some pictures on the front of mine.
Our neighbour has been having a sort out and came across a lot of very festive shiny gift bags and wondered if I could make use of them for my cards. I’m sure I can as some are really pretty, and I can use them for backgrounds. In the New Year I shall be checking for any bargains of unsold Christmas stocks and see what I can find. These were actually gift tags or toppers.